by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
6/1/2015 - KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- On
May 7, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a proclamation
designating May 1990 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
Today, 25 years later, May continues to be observed in the Wolf Pack as a
time to reflect, learn and celebrate the impact Asian and Pacific
Islanders have had in history.
"We showcase all of the different cultures throughout the Pacific
Islands and Asia," said Master Sgt. Maile Bottorf-Wilkinson, 8th
Logistics Readiness Squadron superintendent of logistics plans and AAPIH
event coordinator. "With the diversity the world has, it's important to
celebrate it and bring awareness to other people who may not have grown
up around it or experienced those types of cultures."
Team Wolf Pack kicked off the festivities for AAPIH month with an oriental-themed night at the Loring Club.
"We also surprised everybody with a Flash Mob Dance with about 25
dancers who participated," said Master Sgt. Katherine R. Simpkins, 8th
Fighter Wing Administration and 3A functional manager.
Also featured throughout the month were a Hot Hula fitness demolition, a
lumpia-making class, a Spring Fling Block Party, a Lunch & Learn
event at the professional development center, and an Amazing Race. The
finale of Team Wolf Pack's AAPIH month was a Luau Party, which showcased
oriental cuisines and cultural dances from countries and tribes
throughout the Pacific region.
"We had more than 50 volunteers and representatives from across the Wolf
Pack community who graciously devoted their time in the multiple events
throughout the month," said Master Sgt. Froilan M. Flores, 8th Force
Support Squadron fitness and sports section chief. "It was a
collaboration of Airmen with different cultural backgrounds that wanted
to help out because we wanted to share something about us and our home
Heritage months such as AAPIH also help broaden Airmen's perspectives
about different nationalities. In particular, this year's theme was
"Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion."
"Many Airmen might assume that these events are only for those with
Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage," Simpkins said. "We are in
a diverse community, so we should take advantage of observance months
by learning about each culture and how we can support one another."
As Kunsan Airmen come from a wide range of nationalities, highlighting
diverse cultural backgrounds brings a plethora of ideas and ways of
thinking to the Wolf Pack community.
"The best part of celebrating AAPIH month at the Wolf Pack is how we
support the events as a team and as a family," Simpkins said. "Airmen
from all backgrounds helped with the planning, and that's how we pulled
off the events successfully."